Monday, September 12, 2016

National Science Foundation Workshop September 23, 2016, 2-4 p.m. Bldg 87 Room 3200

Greetings RIT Graduate Students!
I would like to share with you a letter from our new Dean about the upcoming NSF grant Workshop.

Attention All Graduate Students,

Are you aware that you may be able to acquire funding through the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)?

In the past, RIT PhD students have had significant success with the NSF GRF program. Several of our PhD students have been awarded NSF GRFs, and others have received honorable mentions. 

The Office of Graduate Education, in collaboration with trained faculty and previous award winners, holds workshops every fall to help assist our students in completing this application. This information is being sent to you to allow you to review the eligibility and application requirements which will help you prepare a working draft. We encourage students who have achieved honorable mentions to prepare for a second application, if eligible.

To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, you must:
-  be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident
- intend to pursue a research-based Master's or Ph.D. program in a GRFP-supported field
-  be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution, with a US campus, by fall 2017
-  be at an early stage in your graduate career
-have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) as of August 1, 2016
- Effective as of the 2017 competition (fall 2016 deadlines), graduate students are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school. An exception is provided for first-year graduate students who applied in fall 2015 to the 2016 GRFP competition; these individuals may apply as second year graduate students in fall 2016 to the 2017 GRFP competition, if they are otherwise eligible.
- meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

The following categories are always ineligible for the GRFP:

-  Those who do not have US citizenship, US national status or permanent resident status by the application deadline.
-  Those who have earned any graduate or professional degree by August 1, 2016, except 1) applicants who have completed a joint baccalaureate-master's (BS/MS) program and have not completed any further graduate study outside the joint program or 2) applicants who have an interruption of at least two consecutive years prior to November 1, 2016 (may have earned a Master's degree) and have completed no additional graduate study by August 1, 2016.
-  Those who were previously awarded a fellowship from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and accepted it.
- Those who declined the offer of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and who did not notify NSF by the published deadline for accepting the Fellowship.
- Current NSF employees.

The complete set of GRFP eligibility guidelines is published in the on the NSF website at  We strongly encourage all applicants to read the program solicitation carefully before applying. The 2016 solicitation contains the official and only eligibility criteria for the 2016 GRFP competition.

On September 23, 2016 there will be an interactive session held where some of our outstanding faculty and students will be available to review your application drafts and provide you with constructive input. The deadline for submission of the application NSF is October 24-28, 2016. The specific date will depend on your discipline

This interactive session will be held from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the University Services Center (Bldg. 87) room 3200. To register go to:

To learn about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program go to:  You can also read Erika Mesh’s blog about the process here.  Erika is an RIT Ph.D. student and a recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship:

I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and attend the interactive session on September 23rd .

Best Regards,


Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Education
Rochester Institute of Technology
USC 87-3105
55 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
585-475-5567 (office)
585-475-5690 (fax)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

RIT Graduate Student Success Research and Creativity Symposium

It is that time of year again.
On April 8th 2016 we will be holding our 8th Annual Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium. 
Join us as over 100 RIT graduate students share their research with oral and poster presentations.
In addition we will have a special panel consisting of both faculty and staff who contributed to the proven existence of Gravitational Waves. 
This year we will also have the very first RIT 3 minute thesis competition finals at the Symposium and you will be able to hear the presentation of our Ph.D 3 min thesis winner at our luncheon which features Dr. Jennifer L. Schneider, CIH, Eugene H. Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking as our keynote speaker.

The symposium will be Dr. Flores last day at RIT.  I hope you will join us in making this the best Symposium ever. 

To register as a attendee please go to

I look forward to seeing you!

Rauncie Ryan
Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success

Monday, October 26, 2015

Office of Graduate Studies Reimbursement Program

Have you paid for supplies for a project or presented your work at a conference?
We have some money for Graduate Students.

As a Graduate Student I know you could use some money to help you with your work.  

Some examples of what we can reimburse for:
Special paper
Art supplies
Printing of a poster
Materials for work presented at the Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium
Materials for an art exhibit or scientific procedure
Framing for art for an exhibit
Funds you used to start a creative and innovative business venture
Travel cost or registration fees to give a presentation at a refereed conference or juried exhibition in your field where you are a primary author.

Receipts can be from Spring, Summer or Fall of 2015

These are just some of the things that our reimbursement program can help you with. Gather up your receipts and fill out the form on our website. Our funds are limited so the sooner you apply the better your chances are. If you have any questions about the form or how to fill it out please let me know. At this time the amount we can reimburse each student is $500.

You must be a current RIT student to apply for the reimbursement program.…/graduate-student-research-and-creativi…

Your Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success,
Rauncie Ryan

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Graduate Student Sucess Newsletter

September 2015
Newsletter from the Office of Graduate Studies
Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success, Rauncie Ryan

Greetings Graduate Students!

Remember to come by our office to say hello and grab a cup of coffee.  We are located on the 3rd floor of the University Services Center building in Global Village in suite 3100.  We have a great study space available to you that is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m..  

If you have not checked to see if you won a tiny tiger please visit our website and check our workshop page.

Do you have questions about taxes?  There are some excellent resources for RIT students at this website:

It is easy to get stuck just going from class to your housing and miss out on all the interesting things going on in Rochester.  RIT will be running shuttles to the Fringe Festival in downtown Rochester.  I will be there and I hope to see you there too.  For more information visit this website:


Upcoming Workshops for September
September 18th  - Literature Review Workshop taught by Rachel Chaffee and Stephanie Webster - Open to all Graduate Students – 2 - 3 p.m. SAU Meeting Room A Second Floor.  REGISTER HERE

The date for the NSF grant workshop has been changed to September 28th.  Make sure you read the requirements at this link before you sign up. 
September 28th - National Science Foundation Grant Workshops - Open to all eligible graduate students - 1-3 p.m. Bldg.   87 Room 3200.  Requirements for the grant can be seen at this link.   REGISTER HERE

October 2nd - Tiger Tales Toastmasters - Public Speaking Workshop- Open to all graduate students - 3-4 p.m. Reading Room Campus Center REGISTER HERE

October 7th - Applying for a Ph.D. - Panel presentation - Open to all graduate students- 10-11:30 a.m. - Reading Room - Campus Center REGISTER HERE

October 20th - Introduction to Grant Writing taught by Rebecca Sumner- Open to all graduate students- You must register for this workshop in advance - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.  CIMS 2220  REGISTER HERE

Save the date!
Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium
April 8th 2016
There are two workshops coming up that are specifically geared towards helping you prepare for the symposium. 
October 2nd - Tiger Tales Toastmasters - Public Speaking Workshop- Open to all graduate students - 3-4 p.m. Reading Room Campus Center REGISTER HERE
November 18th   - Presenting at the Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium - Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success Rauncie Ryan and Tiger Tails Toastmasters members.  We will be covering both poster presentation and oral presentation.  - Open to all Graduate Students - 2-4 p.m. Reading Room, Campus Center REGISTER HERE

Stay tuned for our Tiny Tigers Contest coming up in October.

Other on campus events you may be interested in:

Eileen Pollack, American novelist, essayist, and short story writer will present a talk and book signing on FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25th  at 1 p.m. in Ingle Auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology.
The book talk at 1 p.m. (Ingle Auditorium) and book signing at 2 p.m. (SAU 1829 Room) are open to the entire RIT campus (no registration required). 

Eileen Pollack will present a seminar on her newest book, The Only Woman in the Room (Beacon Press). Pollack spent six years interviewing dozens of teachers and students and reviewing studies on gender bias. In her book, Pollack details the cultural, social, psychological, and institutional barriers confronting women in the STEM disciplines. The Only Woman in the Room brings to light the struggles that women in the sciences are often hesitant to admit and provides hope that changing attitudes and behaviors can bring more women into fields in which they remain, to this day, seriously underrepresented.

Supported by an AdvanceRIT Connect Grant, Women in Science and Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Questions should be directed to:
LEA VACCA MICHEL, Chair of Women in Science
SONIA LOPEZ ALARCON, PI of AdvanceRIT Connect Grant slaeec@rit.eduTo request interpreting services, go to:

RIT’s Counseling Center is pleased to announce a support group for graduate students.
The group will start date is Monday, September 28th   and is free to interested students.
Sessions will be held on a weekly basis throughout the semester (10:00 am to 11:30 am Mondays) with the group co-facilitated by two of the Counseling Center clinicians, Kate Buckley and Toni Gauthier. 
Graduate Student Support Group Description
Explore concerns that are impacting your personal life and performance while
in graduate school. Topics may include achieving work/life balance, returning
to school as an adult learner, roadblocks to thesis completion, and the impact
of family and financial concerns on one’s experience.  Participants will examine
how their interpersonal styles are related to their experiences in school and life in general .

When:     Mondays  10:00 am -11:30 am  (starting Sept. 28th
Where:    RIT Counseling & Psychological Services, August Bldg. 2nd floor
                Above Student Health Center
Registration is Required:
Call the Counseling Center (585) 475-2261 to request a pre-group ½ meeting with Kate Buckley or Toni Gauthier

Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcome to Fall 2015 Graduate Tigers!

Greetings Graduate Tigers!
It is great to be back and to see returning students and new students. 
I wanted to share some upcoming workshops that you are not going to want to miss. 
Tomorrow Tuesday September 1st at 2 p.m. on the third floor of the library in the biblab is a workshop that is very important to any student who is working on a thesis or a project with a writing component.  Linette Koren will be sharing with you all the help you can get from the library.  This is one workshop you will not want to miss.  Please register now at this link:

In addition if you are thinking of applying for our reimbursement program you will need to attend one of four workshops we will be offering next week.  This is now a requirement and will help you with the application process.   There are four different days and times to choose from.
You can register here:
Please stop by our website to see if you are one of the Tiny Tiger Winners.
Also, remember that you are welcome to stop by our office anytime for coffee and any help you may need.  We are located on the third floor of the USC bldg. 87 in Suite 3100.  I hope to see you soon. 
Rauncie Ryan
Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summer At RIT

Greetings Graduate Tigers!

I hope you are enjoying your summer here at RIT.
Things here in the Office of Graduate Studies are very busy.  We are working on our lineup for next year to make sure that you receive the services you need to make you successful in 2015-16.
What can you expect in the upcoming year?
Here is a little preview:

August 18th, 2 - 4:30 p.m. is our opening event for incoming graduate students.  I will meet you in Ingle Hall where I will introduce you to some very important people and give you some information that will be very valuable for the next year.  In addition there will be an all college information fair going on all day in the Gordan Field House.  Our office and our graduate student advisory team will be at both events to welcome you to RIT.

T.A. Training - For those who are planning to be T.A.'s there will be a T.A. training on August 22nd.  Please watch our website for updates and how to sign up.

We also have a whole list of workshops for fall.

Library Resourses
How to Write a Literature Review
Public Speaking
Applying for a Ph.D
The Endgame or How to Turn in Your Thesis
How to present at the Graduate Symposium
Critical Thinking
Ethics as a Graduate Student
Intro to Grant Writing

We will also be working with GSAC to bring you some social events and graduate mingles so you can get to know students from all across campus.  

In addition we will be announcing very soon the date of our 2015-16 Graduate Symposium.  Begin to prepare now for this opportunity to share your work with your peers from RIT and surrounding universities. 

I am very excited for this upcoming year and I hope you are too.

See you soon!!
Rauncie Ryan
Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success

Thursday, February 5, 2015

2015 Research and Creativity Symposium Registration

7th Annual Research and Creativity Symposium

Friday February 27th

8-5 p.m. 7th Annual Research and Creativity Symposium

Includes free lunch and keynote speaker

Ray Ptucha

You do not have to attend the whole day to present or attend. 

You must register if you intend to present or attend the luncheon. 


Schedule for the day:

Sign in and breakfast ~ 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.  CIMS 2210

Welcome ~ 8:45- 9:00 a.m. CIMS 2210

Oral Presentation Session I ~ 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  CIMS

Oral Presentation Session II ~ 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  CIMS

Lunch with Graduate Education Programming and special speaker Ray Ptucha 11:30 1:00 p.m. - CIMS 2240/2210

Poster Presentations ~ 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lobby of the Sustainability Building

Break ~ 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CIMS 2210

Oral Presentation Session III ~ 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.  CIMS

Closing ~ 4:30 p.m. CIMS 2210

DEADLINE for registration for the 2015 Symposium is February 15th

If you are registering as a presenter you will recieve an email with instructions on how to submit your abstract once you have registered.

 Register Here